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The Lens of Transcendentalism: An Analysis of Daniel Quinn’s Character in City of Glass by Paul Auster
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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In the world of City of Glass the main protagonist Daniel Quinn undergoes a transformation that reshapes his identity and ‘personal meaning of life’. Through a series of seemingly random events, Quinn’s life is fundamentally changed, and the reader finds him in a state resembling delirium at the end. For both the reader and Quinn, knowledge of what is happening, and why, is given through subtle clues. In terms of logic and rationality, it is easy to conclude that the path Quinn takes throughout the novel is filled with ignorance and ineptness to understand what is going on. However, by applying the lens of Transcendentalism, this essay shows that in the course of the narrative, Quinn acquires knowledge through ‘insights’, ‘revelations’, and ‘intuition’, as opposed to empirical ‘logic’ and ‘rationality’. This essay concludes that the world within City of Glass is filled with transcendental philosophy and theology, and that this is what is guiding Quinn throughout his journey. 

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2019. , p. 24
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City of Glass, Daniel Quinn, Transcendentalism, Identity, Insight, Revelation, Intuition, Paul Auster
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169575OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169575DiVA, id: diva2:1322662
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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